Welcome to the Department of Biology! The academic programs in our Department prepare students for the workplace, as well as graduate work in medical and other professional schools.
Our Academic Programs
Students earn a B.S. in Biology and chose among 4 programs or tracks within the major:
Students can also earn a B.S. in other Life Science Programs:
Currently, there are 16 faculty members in the Department of Biology and their areas of expertise include genetics, immunology, microbiology, physiology, plant pathology & taxonomy, animal behavior,
cecidology, cell biology, conservation biology, developmental biology, entomology, evolution, herpetology, marine biology, ornithology, parasitology, restoration ecology, systematics, and virology. Our faculty are active members of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists, and our students have the opportunity to conduct original research on a diversity of topics working with our faculty. You can learn more about our faculty research interests here.
The Department of Biology is housed in the Boehm Science Center where Biology students enjoy access to smart classrooms, teaching labs, and seminar rooms. In addition, there are faculty-student research labs, a computer/digital imaging lab, a marine science complex that includes a marine aquarium room, a greenhouse, as well as multiple student study areas and lounges. Furthermore, Biology students and faculty conduct research at the University's Ronald R. Rhein Environmental Study Area, which is a 23-acre preserve composed of several different habitats and is located on university property adjacent to the campus. The Department of Biology also has a formal cooperative program with the Chincoteague Bay Field Station at Wallops Island, Virginia.
Our student internships
Biology students are encouraged to pursue internships at off-campus sites such as Merck & Co., Lehigh Valley Hospital, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia Zoo, Hawk Mountain, Rodale Institute, Wildlands Conservancy, Berks Nature, as well as smaller private health care provider facilities. Many internships can be done for course credit (BIO 390).
Our student organizations
Biology students have opportunities to participate in any of the various student organizations that exist on campus. Some of the organizations our students are actively engaged in include:
Environmental Action Club
Health Careers Society
Future Physicians Club
Marine Science Club
Kutztown Women in Science Club
Our Program Coordinators
If you are interested in Biology and would like to consider Kutztown University as your university, please contact us and visit. Some important points of contact include:
Dr. Christopher Sacchi, Chair, (610) 683-4308, Email
Dr. Julie Palkendo, Coordinator of Environmental Science, (610) 683-4442, Email
Dr. Daniel Aruscavage, (610) 683-4315, Co-Chair of the Pre-Medical Committee, Email
Dr. Matthew Stone, (484) 646-5844, Co-Chair of the Pre-Medical Committee, Email
Dr. Adrienne Oakley, Coordinator of Marine Science, (484) 646-4334, Email
Mrs. Chris Ferris, Department Secretary, (610) 683-4307,Email